James Bond first appeared in Ian Fleming’s novel Casino Royale in 1953. The character appeared in 14 books from Fleming, but his book series also spawned an even more popular film series that is still going to this day. There have been 26 Bond movies to date, with another movie expected to be released next year.
Sean Connery first played 007 on the big screen, but over the years several actors have stepped into the role including George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. The 007 films are known for having sexually fueled puns and Bond has truly had some iconic lines since 1962. Here is 007: The 10 Most Iconic James Bond Quotes.
10 'BOND. JAMES BOND'
One of the most iconic James Bond lines came in his very first scene back in 1962. Out of all the James Bond quotes out there, “Bond. James Bond” is probably one of the most well-known. When Bond is introduced, he is sitting at a casino table playing Baccarat.
When his opponent Sylvia Trench says that she admires his luck and asks him his name, Bond replies by simply saying, “Bond. James Bond.” The line has been repeated in several of the 007 movies, as well as become one of the most epic ways to introduce yourself.
9 'A MARTINI. SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED'
James Bond has drunk a lot of alcohol since 1962, but most fans know his beverage of choice. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred." The line was first written in Ian Flemming's book Diamonds Are Forever, but was included in the first James Bond movie; Dr. No.
The famous line has been repeated by 007 in several of the Bond films, but the line first came from the lips of Dr. Julius No, when he offered his opponent a dry martini with a lemon peel. The line has become so iconic that it has even been used in other films that have nothing to do with James Bond.
8 'I THINK HE GOT THE POINT'
While newer 007 movies are rather serious, some of the older ones were quite funny. Certain scenes are laughably bad, but other times Bond’s puns were simply hilarious. One example of this comes in the 1965 film Thunderball featuring Sean Connery.
In Bond’s fourth outing, the 00 agent is sitting on a beach with Domino (played by Claudine Auger) as one of Largo’s henchmen quietly sneaks behind them. After Domino spots him, she tells Bond, who quickly turns around and shoots the bad guy with a spear gun. Bond then says, “I think he got the point.”
7 'WELL, I LIKE TO DO SOME THINGS THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY'
While Die Another Day in 2002 was a rather disappointing entry to the series for Bond’s 40th Anniversary, Eon Productions more than made up for it for Bond’s 50th. In 2012, Skyfall was released, which saw Bond go back to the roots of early Bond films.
In one scene in Skyfall, Eve is watching Bond shave with a straight razor. Moneypenny mentions that his choice of razor is very traditional, to which Bond replies, “Well, I like to do some things the old-fashioned way.” The line perfectly fits the theme of the movie, which was all about celebrating 50 years of Bond.
6 'KEEPING THE BRITISH END UP, SIR'
Roger Moore’s Bond movies were some of the worst reviewed movies in the series, but The Spy Who Loved Me is often considered one of his best. The film has a good story and introduces the famous henchman named Jaws, but it also has a hilarious line right before the credits start.
After Bond defeats Karl Stromberg (played by Curt Jurgens), he and Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) flee using an escape pod. Bond celebrates his success the only way he knows how; by shagging his partner. When his superiors ask what he is doing, Bond replies, “Keeping the British end up, sir.”
5 'I THOUGHT CHRISTMAS ONLY COMES ONCE A YEAR'
Pierce Brosnan’s time in the role of James Bond resulted in four movies, which had varying levels of quality. One of the poorer received films came in 1999 and was titled The World Is Not Enough. The main Bond girl in the film was named Dr. Christmas Jones, played by Denise Richards.
Most people didn’t like Richards in her role, but her character did allow for a hilarious Bond joke. One scene shows Christmas and Bond together in bed when Bond cracks the joke, “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.” Yes, it’s cringy, but it is the perfect example of how ridiculous and iconic certain Bond jokes had become.
4 'SHOCKING. POSITIVELY SHOCKING'
While a lot of Bond’s iconic lines are funny jokes, Sean Connery probably delivered his silly lines the best. Another one of James Bond’s puns comes in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Not only is Goldfinger considered one of the greatest 007 movies of all time, but it also has the hilarious line, “Shocking. Positively shocking.”
Right when James Bond starts to make out with a girl, he sees the reflection of a bad guy in her eye. Bond quickly turns the girl around so she gets hit in the head versus himself and then he starts to fight the henchman. Bond quickly gets the upper hand and shoves the thug in the tub, before swatting a lamp into the tub, electrocuting his enemy. The line was perfect for the scene and proves that nobody can deliver 007 puns better than Connery can.
3 'THAT’S JUST AS BAD AS LISTENING TO THE BEATLES WITHOUT EARMUFFS!'
One thing that has become standard for a 007 movie is to include a hit song at the beginning of each film. With as popular as The Beatles were (and still are), it's surprising they were never chosen to record a song for 007, but maybe it is because Bond hates The Beatles. In Goldfinger, Bond gets up to grab a new bottle of alcohol for himself and Jill Masterson.
When asking why they need a new bottle, Bond responds, “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done; such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs”.
2 'I MUST BE DREAMING'
One of the most ridiculous names for a character came from one of the best Bond films; Goldfinger. In the film, Honor Blackman plays the character Pussy Galore, who was an associate of Auric Goldfinger. After Bond is captured, he is transported on a private jet and awoken by Galore.
When Bond wakes up and asks the woman who she is, she says her name is Pussy Galore. Looking surprised, Bond smiles and says, “I must be dreaming.” Since early Bond humor was so well received, it translated well to more modern Bond films, but some of the names for female characters were just utterly absurd.
1 'I ALWAYS ENJOYED STUDYING A NEW TONGUE'
After the success of Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan returned once again for Tomorrow Never Dies. In the film, the newest Bond girl is played by Michelle Yeoh, who has appeared in popular films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians.
While Wai Lin is the main Bond girl in the film, Bond also hooks up with a Danish professor named Inga Bergstrom. While Bond is practicing Danish with Inga, and making love to her, Bond says, “I’ve always enjoyed studying a new tongue.” Bond has been with dozens of women since 1962, so despite this line being cheesy, it perfectly matches his character.